- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: W&N; paperback / softback edition (5 Jan. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753819295
- ISBN-13: 978-0753819296
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Limits of Enchantment: A Novel Paperback – 5 Jan 2006
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Joyce's beguiling novel mingles elements of ancient lore, folk medicine, magic and 1960s bohemianism into a compelling brew... The humour generated by juxtaposing different world-views is delightful, as is the portrayal of a fast-vanishing, and now probably vanished, England, in which the outlandish and the mundane are interwoven. (Christina Koning THE TIMES)
One of Graham Joyce's main strengths as a novelist has always been his ability to portray the encroachment of the fantastical into meticulously observed contemporary settings. This novel [is] his twelfth and finest... Fern Cullen is a remarkable creation, and Joyce's rendering of her singular narrative voice, by turns both literary and gauche, is pitch-perfect. (Eric Brown GUARDIAN)
The best novel yet from a World Fantasy Award and four time British Fantasy Award winning author.See all Product Description
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As a reader you warm to the plight of Fern but Joyce does not let the character or his readers down with this fine book.
The mystical moments in this novel are handled with faultless assurance and delicacy and Fern, the narrator throughout, is honest about both her unwillingness to believe in her legacy, and the events that lead her into a kind of belief. Vulnerable and powerful, both, she has to find a way to compromise with the world around her, which she does - in the end. But there are dangers and antagonisms to be overcome first.
Effortlessly straddling both ancient and modern belief systems, Joyce's book is a total delight. A hypnotic read from the first page to the last.
Although it sounds trite in synopsis, 'The Limits of Enchantment' is surprisingly engaging and thought-provoking in the telling. The style is easy to read but the characters are complex and wholly believable, and there are no easy answers to the questions posed. Set in the 60s, old-school superstition is pitched against advancing scientific knowledge and shifting social norms so that Fern's coming of age is reflected as the coming of age of an era. And while it is a story technically about witchcraft, it is as much about the reading of people and situations as anything supernatural. Nonetheless, the story is magical.
I first read this story some years ago and wanted to see if it stood the test of time. At first I was afraid I had stumbled into an ordinary, vacuous village tale, but my only disappointment turned out to be reaching the end. Despite a lightweight facade, Joyce proves that simplicity can indeed be deceptive.
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I enjoyed the earthiness and mystery of this book. It's the second book I've read by Graham Joyce and will not be the last. Read morePublished 1 month ago by laura stenning
Very Graham Joyce. A bit over weird at some points. Really loved Fern and Arthur. Totally got them!Published 8 months ago by Stephen Walsh
Following Fern is a journey from childhood to womanhood, from the past to modernity. En route we are taken through folklore, humour and tragedy; learning a little more about... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Julie
Beautiful prose. The tale is told from the point of view of the daughter of Mammy, a Leicestershire wise woman. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rachel Green (author)
This is the second novel of Joyce's that I've read, the first one being The Tooth Fairy. The themes are similar; coming of age, loss, and a rapidly changing English Midlands. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mossyo
Did not know what to expect as it was our book club recommendation but I did not enjoy it at all and was bored.Published 22 months ago by Susan Lang
Love Graham Joyce. The best writer I have come across...ever! This was the second book I'd read of his, I'm now staring my fourth (and have ordered another two! Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. Kaidas